Autumn Holiday Ideas for 2018

Moonlight at Bluestones Lake

Have you made plans for an autumn break? If you’re stuck for ideas then why not consider Pembrokeshire - full of crisp mornings, cosy pubs and changing colours.

As the leaves turn from green to brown, the county takes on an almost other-worldly feel. The dramatic coastal scenery and warming Welsh food make it a perfect destination for a September or October holiday.

The coastal walking is globally renowned and, in our opinion, is at its best as the last warm rays of the year glow over the sea on one side of the cliff and the colourful countryside vista on the other.

Here are a few recommendations for making the most of our piece of paradise:

The coast path in autumn

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
There are 186 miles of coastal path to enjoy in Pembrokeshire, with limestone cliffs, dramatic headlands and red sandstone bays just a sample of the stunning scenery on offer amid the 58 beaches and 14 harbours. As the path wends along the coastline you’ll get views out to sea to the north, south and west - and the forever changing landscape means that no two walks will ever seem the same. In autumn the heather and gorse still covers the landscape, contrasting nicely with the changing leaves.

The coastal bus serves the whole region, so it’s easy to get to the sections you want to explore. 

Our favourite sections include a five-mile stretch from Marloe Sands around the Marloes Peninsula. You can see Skomer Island from its tip where you’ll find beautiful Deer Park and there’s plenty of wildlife spotting to be had including an incredible variety of seabirds.

Photography

Leaves in autumn
Our 500 acres of ancient woodland at our Bluestone resort offer a flavour of what to expect, with fallen leaves making for a fun family walk around our winding nature trails. The walks are teeming with wildlife, particular around the waterways - and if you’re you’ll spot any of an otter, kingfisher, heron, fox, owl and woodpecker. The natural activity set against the autumnal canvas is a photographer’s dream.

Further afield the Bosherton Lakes are well worth a visit at this time of year. The famous lilies may have gone by autumn but the leaves are beautiful wildlife is in abundance - particularly birdlife - and there’s a good chance you’ll spot one of the estate’s resident otters. Bosherton is about a 25-minute drive from Bluestone and easy to find and park.

The seals

A seal off the coast of Skomer Island
While the wildlife inland is spectacular, the seals that choose September to beach with their pups onto the coast’s secluded sandy spots are a sight to behold. The little milky white pups are impossibly cute - just don’t get too close. Instead, use a pair of binoculars to observe them. Choose a spot from our secluded list of beaches for the best seal-watching - one of our favourites is the little hamlet of Abereiddi. Walk round the coast to its stunning blue lagoon - a renowned spot for seal spotting.

Stargazing

Stargazing at Broad Haven South
Pembrokeshire is home to a designated dark sky at Broadhaven South - meaning light pollution is at an absolute minimum giving one of the clearest views of the stars in the UK. The view is spectacular and with little cloud cover you’ll easily be able to see the Milky Way. For a true stargazing experience check the events run by Dark Sky Wales, who use a portable planetarium to complement their astronomical expertise.

Food and drink

Farmhouse Grill at Bluestone
What with all that autumnal outdoorsy activity, you’ll need to warm up with a hearty Pembrokeshire meal in front of a roaring fire. The mix of local farming and fishing produce means that the county is well stocked with cosy venues to recharge in. For a satisfying, warming family meal we unashamedly don’t think you can beat Bluestone’s Farmhouse Grill.

You can find out more about holidaying at Bluestone in September and October at our autumn breaks page

Categories:Autumn, Activities

Tags:Wales, Beaches

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